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"Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium and Mercury"
No parent would intentionally feed their baby arsenic. Yet a disturbing number of parents may be unknowingly doing just that. Surely the companies making these foods will immediately cease production, right?
originally posted by: Bluntone22
So if I’m to believe this fellow..
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, released a staff report showing that baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals that endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function.
PDF File - U.S. Congressional Report
Internal documents from major baby food manufacturers show they tested and used ingredients with high levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in the baby food they sold to parents, according to a congressional investigation.
Leading baby food manufacturers knowingly sold products with high levels of toxic metals, a congressional investigation found
(CNN)Four leading baby food manufacturers knowingly sold baby food that contained high levels of toxic heavy metals, according to internal company documents included in a congressional investigation released Thursday.
"Dangerous levels of toxic metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury exist in baby foods at levels that exceed what experts and governing bodies say are permissible," said Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which conducted the investigation, signed by the Democratic members.
Krishnamoorthi said the spreadsheets provided by manufacturers are "shocking" because they show evidence that some baby foods contain hundreds of parts per billion of dangerous metals. "Yet we know that in a lot of cases, we should not have anything more than single digit parts per billion of any of these metals in any of our foods," he told CNN.
Then there’s this: three other companies – Walmart, which sells baby food through its brand Parent’s Choice; Campbell, which owned Plum Organic at the time of the investigation; and Sprout Organic Food – “refused to cooperate” with the investigation. The House subcommittee on economic and consumer policy, which released its findings in February, said it was “greatly concerned” that those companies’ “lack of cooperation might be obscuring the presence of even higher levels of toxic heavy metals in their baby food products than their competitors’ products”.
Why are there dangerous levels of arsenic and lead in American baby food?
we know that arsenic is a carcinogen and that it can impair neurodevelopment in children even at low levels. Arsenic is also associated with lung disease, heart attacks and kidney failure. Similarly, lead is known to alter brain development in children, reducing attention span and intelligence and increasing the likelihood of antisocial behavior. Cadmium is linked to kidney and gastrointestinal diseases, DNA impairment, cancer, osteoporosis and immune system deficiencies.
There’s no timeline and there’s no clear commitment to removing toxic heavy metals from baby food. I don’t see a sense of urgency. Perhaps they aren’t understanding the level of outrage among parents
Avoid Chinese-made baby formula, FDA says (2008)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Baby formula from China is illegal in the United States and should not be used, U.S. regulators warned on Thursday after Chinese officials blamed tainted formula for the death of an infant.
Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder
Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talc caused cancer, J&J insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product.
But internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company's powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public.
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originally posted by: havok
I swear some of you posters need to be checked for posting off-topic discussions. Do you have anything of substance to add to this discussion?
There are machines that process all these foods at such a high volume and frequency that it's possible the metals used to make all the baby foods are contaminating the jars as well.
Not to mention all the ground contamination from soil, dirt, fertilizer, and water (all of which contain heavy metals and non-soluble compounds).
I'd say that a proper investigation should be worked on to find out if the contaminates are coming from the source foods, like a poster above mentioned, or if they are introduced from the factory floor.
Either way, it's pretty horrific.
originally posted by: SeaWorthy
a reply to: havok
There was lead in paint on baby toys from China and lead in pacifiers.
I would ask is this lead also in what is manufactured for China to use or only exports.